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Monday, February 23, 2009

Well, here I am again on what is still Monday...with a second Cactus Monday post! LOL. It just so happens I stopped by Lowes tonight after work and found a couple of plants...this first one is called Titanopsis calcarea, otherwise commonly called Concrete Leaf Living Stone, or Jewel Weed. It is very unusual looking and has a nice soothing shape. I can't wait to see it grow...it is in a very small container right now!


I posed these two new plants with my Buddha all dressed up for Fat Tuesday tomorrow! LOL. He makes a perfect backdrop!

This second succulent (a cactus, mind you), is called Cereus forbesii monstrose.

Cereus 'Ming Thing' is a very attractive monstrose form of Cereus forbesii. Forms myriads of sculptural blue shapes with very short black spines and woolly areoles. Excellent for windowsill or dish garden culture. Prefers shade or filtered light. It is fairly large specimen at this point...about 8 inches high! I love it...it is so odd looking...kinda like a bunch of melting candles fusing together if you ask me! I am so happy to be adding these two to my succulent collections!

18 comments:

cpglacialfacial.com said...

Hi
I just found a monstrose my self and it IS a most interesting cacti. Mine is only about 3 in high but i can't wait...
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messyfish said...

oh they are amazing! I love the "ming thing". I am from australia, can you explain the beads and how it is related to mardi gras?

Claude said...

Like the plants...

Ming Thing can get fairly large over time. The other one will remain fairly small...

I couldn't find any beads small enough for pocket buddha, but he's grinning ear to ear anyway...

Have a Festive Fat Tuesday!

Cathy said...

Those Cactus are really cool..
very different!

Louise said...

That's an interesting looking succulent!

Darla said...

These are unique! Do you post larger pics of your cactus gardens?

Teri C said...

That buddha is the perfect backdrop to these plants. That montrose is an outdoor garden specimen in AZ. They are so interesting.

HCM! again :)

studio lolo said...

I'm starting to look more like Buddha every day. It ain't pretty!

Great shots. This cactus is perfect with him!

marianne said...

Lovely pictures Julie!
Love the necklace of Doozey on the Buddha!

My Little Family: said...

Buddha looks good in beads!

Julie said...

Messyfish- click HERE to read about why the Mardi Gras beads!!!

Julie said...

Messyfish- if that link doesn't work, paste this address into your browser:

http://mardigrasday.com/mardigrasinfo.php?article_id=4

Judi said...

Hi Julie
You must have some collection of succulents. You know them so well with all their fancy names. That one does look great next to the budah.
thank you for sharing your great find..I'm wondering whether you will replant them...if so be sure to show.

have a lovely evening
Judi

Aiyana said...

Hi Julie,
I have a the blue variation of 'Ming Thing'. From my blog post on it:
"Some sources claim ‘Ming Thing’ is C. peruvianus. There are two variations of Cereus 'Ming Thing'. One has a greenish hue with light colored spines, the other, as these two show, has a definite blue hue with many heads and sparse dark spines."
Mine is a definite blue!
Aiyana

messyfish said...

oh my! that Mardi Gras looks like fun. I want to see it one day. I like the beads on Buddha! Thanks for the link to more info. I hope you have a great time!

Julie said...

Aiyana- Now I want a blue one!!! Hee hee hee...would be such fun to have both!!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

That Budda looks like the cactus. Or should I say the cactus look like the Budda?? I thought of you while on vacation. We passed a cactus nursery but it was closed when we went by. I was disappointed. I would have come home with a plant if they had been open.

I like the new look of your blog too. You must have changed while I was away. Very nice.

Rosemarie said...

Two more neat sux to add to your collection, Julie! Beware of snails near your Cereus forbesii monstrose...believe it or not, they will EAT it...regardless of the spines. Mine is badly damaged! :(

Your other plant (Titanopsis) looks more like Aloinopsis to me...can't make out the details, but perhaps A. luckhoffii or A. malherbei.

Enjoy the day!